These functions all execute a new program, replacing the current process; they
do not return. On Unix, the new executable is loaded into the current process,
and will have the same process id as the caller. Errors will be reported as
- :exc:`OSError` exceptions.
+ :exc:`OSError` exceptions.
+ The current process is replaced immediately. Open file objects and
+ descriptors are not flushed, so if there may be data buffered
+ on these open files, you should flush them using
+ :func:`sys.stdout.flush` or :func:`os.fsync` before calling an
+ :func:`exec\*` function.
The "l" and "v" variants of the :func:`exec\*` functions differ in how
command-line arguments are passed. The "l" variants are perhaps the easiest
used to define the environment variables for the new process (these are used
instead of the current process' environment); the functions :func:`execl`,
:func:`execlp`, :func:`execv`, and :func:`execvp` all cause the new process to
- inherit the environment of the current process. Availability: Unix,
+ inherit the environment of the current process.
+ Availability: Unix, Windows.